Joe Rocket GPX Jacket (fits like a tall!)
- 1.2 to 1.4mm race grade drum-dyed cowhide
- Injection molded TPU exterior shoulder sliders
- CE approved armor at elbows and shoulders
- Removable back protector (included)
- Panels of perforation at upper chest and sleeves for improved airflow
- Variable Flow rear ventilation system
- 3D liner helps aid breathability
- Reinforced stretch panels at elbows, back and underarms for improved mobility and fit
- Zippered cuff closures
- Soft touch neoprene covered collar and cuffs
- 8” jacket to pants connection zipper
When I first started doing sizing advice on these jackets, I had a 42 and a 46 on my desk for evaluation. I thought the fit was about right for Joe Rocket, until I realized what I thought was the size 46 was actually the size 42! These jackets run large… at least one size and they fit tall in the arms and body as well. It will be important for you to measure both your chest and belly to choose a size. Most people will be selecting a size that is one or two sizes smaller than they normally wear.
I’ve put together the size chart below to help you choose a size. In a jacket that is “normally” sized, and sold in US chest sizes, the max chest size will be the same as the jacket size. As you can see in the chart below, the max chest in each size is about 3” larger than the stated size, or about 1 1/2 sizes bigger. The “drop” from chest to waist is about right for a leather sport jacket for street riders. Those who have a bit of a belly will want to measure both their chest and belly to make sure the size you choose is big enough for both. Unlike many other sport jackets like this, the waist does not have sort of adjusters to adjust the fit of the waist. For that reason, very thin guys may find the waist belly area to be too large.
The sleeves on these jackets are long. If you normally wear a tall in men’s clothing, you’ll like the fit. If you are on the tall side of normal, I bet they’ll work too, but if you are on the average to short side, you won’t like the jacket sleeves, so look at another model.
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Our Two Cents
The GPX jacket by Joe Rocket is new for 2019. It is a sport cut jacket that is all leather and includes armor for the shoulders, elbows, and back.
I’d encourage you to read my sizing advice before you spend too much time considering the virtues of this jacket. The jacket fits relatively tall and will work well for an average to tall person who is not overly thin or heavy. The overall theme here is “base model”. The construction of the jacket is the same heavy leather in other Joe Rocket sports jackets so there’s no skimping of the overall sturdy framework of the jacket. But features beyond those basics aren’t here, such as size adjusters for the waist, arms or cuff ends adjustable vents and a removable liner. For attachment to pants, there is a short rear zipper (but not a full around connection commonly supplied to connect to sport leather pants).
But also consider the price.. $296 for the base sizes isn’t a lot of money for a quality leather jacket. And the styling of this jacket is very nice. So if you are OK with the limited feature list, then the value is here.
The armor included is Joe Rocket’s standard fare… molded CE armor for the shoulders and elbows and a dual density back protector (unrated as far as I know). The shoulders are fitted with molded plastic protectors under the “Rocket” logo which firm up the protection for the shoulders and they’ve done a good job of incorporating that armor into the lines of the jacket so it doesn’t stick out too much. I wish Joe rocket would offer some upgrades for back protection. Most other brands have CE rated units of higher tech materials. But nothing would prevent you from buying another brand’s unit and swapping this one out. We offer several that are of the same general shape. D3O makes some of the most popular due to the very flexible material they use. Anyway, don’t be shy about upgrading if you don’t find the standard back protector to be impressing/comfortable.
Built into the jacket are several stretch panels which will really help with the comfort of a heavy duty sport cut jacket like this. There are large sections of stretch fabric in the underarm areas and behind the shoulder are large expansion sections of accordion leather. There are plenty of pockets for the street rider too. Six in all by my count.
You’ll be buying a solid jacket with this GPX, but the feature list is kept to the basics, but the price is very fair for what you get. :: Paul, 11-04-19
Joe Rocket says: The Joe Rocket GPX Jacket is sport-cut jacket that is ready to protect with heavy 1.2 to 1.4mm drum-dyed cowhide. Included back, elbow and shoulder armor is mirrored on the exterior by hard shoulder sliders. Perforated leather panels at the chest take in air and exhaust ports at the rear help pull air through the jacket keeping you cool. An 8” connection zipper can attach compatible Joe Rocket pants and create a complete riding ensemble.